June 15, 2010 (8:10 pm)

Any Moment Now… Pre-labor Activities & Experiences

by Kristen Suzanne

Today, June 15, is my technical due date. But, as of this writing (about 5:30pm), I’m not in labor. Not surprised though since I read that only about 3-5% of women deliver on their due dates. That, plus the fact that many first time moms go past the due date… it looks like that is the case for me. One of the things I learned in Hypnobirthing was not to focus on a specific due date since the range of a healthy, normal birth can go from three weeks before the due date to two weeks after. That’s a 5-week window! So, the philosophy is to just chill, relax, and let baby come when baby is ready.

I feel amazing. The evenings are harder than the earlier parts of the day – I feel heavier and my belly is usually tighter by night time, but I still feel wonderful. Three days ago I started eating a LOT! I swear I don’t know where I put it all, but I found space somewhere because I just kept eating. Now, today, suddenly my appetite has gone down. I read that some women naturally eat for energy for the upcoming labor and some women naturally reduce their eating pre-labor, which could help prevent pooping during labor (I know, sounds gross, but let’s be honest…. women do it. Sh*t happens – literally).

For the past month I’ve been having what I would describe as quite a bit of nausea / cramping. You know the kind of cramps you get before the first day of your menstrual cycle? That’s how I feel. It comes and goes throughout the day, and they’re the strongest after I’ve relieved my bladder. Is this all TMI? Oh well… I’m in a sharing mood.

I went online today and bought two gorgeous hemp/organic fleece blankets and a hemp ring sling. So, the slings I now have in my collection: 1) Kangawrap-thing where it’s a shirt I wear that allows me to have the baby inside it skin-to-skin. 2) Ergo organic with infant insert. (pictured to left) 3) Organic Moby. 4) Gypsy Mama Bali Baby Breeze which is supposed to be a lighter material than the Moby (nice for hot Arizona) and the fabric is a bit stretchier. 5) Hemp Ring Sling – I decided to go for this because I keep hearing how nice and easy ring slings are which is very attractive to me as a new mom. *I will be doing extensive reviews and some videos of all of these wraps/slings over the next few months to share my likes and dislikes, etc. So stay tuned!

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  • http://www.loveveggiesandyoga.com/ Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)

    My bday was June 12 so happy bday to your gemini, any day now!

    You’re probably having braxton hicks (which I’m sure I am not telling you anything you dont know). I had them in a HUGE way the last 4 weeks of my preg.

    The slings..Moby and Ergo..you’re gonna love them, I loved mine!

  • Claire

    Just wanted to let you know, my sister LOVES her Ergo baby carrier. She says it's the easiest to wear for breastfeeding when she's on the go.

    I'm so excited for you!! Congratulations and good thoughts to you on your upcoming labor. :)

  • http://GreenMommyBlog.com/ Kristen Suzanne

    GREAT to know. Thank you for sharing that! I have heard amazing things
    about the Ergo.

  • rawkinwithtrish

    Sounds like you are all set! Babywearing can become one of those things where you have a desire to try out every carrier imaginable! I started out with some I had made myself and then realized that I was better off getting the professionally made ones. (My ring sling turned out fine though) I really look forward to getting an ergo. Maybe when one of those sites has it on a nice discount! Yours looks absolutely lovely! Did you decorate it yourself or is that what it came like?

  • http://GreenMommyBlog.com/ Kristen Suzanne

    It came like that :)

  • http://GreenMommyBlog.com/ Kristen Suzanne

    Happy belated gorgeous!!

  • crookedmoonmama

    Good luck mama.
    Baby #1 7 days late
    Baby #2 5 days late
    Baby #3 15 days late.
    It's anyone's guess.
    Sending you happy healthy labor vibes~~~~

  • http://gingeristhenewpink.blogspot.com/ Lauren519

    Good luck!! I can't wait for your little one to come!!! :)

  • Ljshinohara

    Good Luck! My first baby…now 8 weeks old, came 5 days after her due date. We have the organic Ergo baby carrier and really like it! Get lots of rest now because you'll need it for labor AND the next couple of months, especially the inevitable middle of the night feedings!

  • http://GreenMommyBlog.com/ Kristen Suzanne

    I've been doing the rest thing big time! :) That's probably partly why
    I feel so great. Do you use the infant insert with the Ergo?

  • sara

    I will look forward to your review on the ergo. I loved it as a back carrier with my second born. So, this time around (I have a 6 week old), I bought the infant insert with it. The heart2heart version. I am not enjoying the insert too much. It feels very big and bulky and hot. Yesterday, I figured out how to tie a super, super long piece of fabric around my body and baby in a front style carry postion. It is super awesome and I can't wait to experiment more with it. I think it may be called a rebozo or marketed as a dittymus (sp?). I love the ring sling with tiny babies, but my baby is already starting to get a bit heavy for it. I do love the ergo with older babies too. I am also very short (5'2″), so that may have something to do with me not enjoying the insert.

  • http://GreenMommyBlog.com/ Kristen Suzanne

    Great info. Thx! Seeing as I live in AZ and my baby is going to be a
    summer baby… The Ergo (w/ infant insert) might be too hot unless I'm
    in heavy air conditioning. We'll see! :)

  • Frugal Babe

    I ended up with quite a collection of carriers too. I had an infantino carrier that held our baby lying down across my chest (good for about 6 weeks, then it became uncomfortable as he got bigger). Then I switched to a ring sling, which our son rode in for a couple months. I loved that one, and it was super easy to nurse him in it on the go. We even wandered all around an amusement park with my in-laws while he nursed and cuddled in the sling without anybody being able to see anything. Once he got too heavy for the ring sling, we switched to a Baby Bjorn front carrier, and then to a Moby Wrap which I used for more than a year. I loved that Moby Wrap!! Have fun with all your slings! I always wanted to try the Ergo… can't wait to see your review.
    Hope you have a wonderful, amazing birth :)

  • http://GreenMommyBlog.com/ Kristen Suzanne

    Thanks for the detailed feedback. Very useful!

  • http://www.peacesofearth.com Jackie (Peaces of Earth)

    Good luck Kristin!!! After your journey I'm so excited for you to meet your little monkey!!

  • http://girlonraw.com/ GirlonRaw

    I love the idea of skin to skin .That is just too loving for words. Hugs xoxo

  • EmeliaG

    I'm so excited for you! I also use the Ergo with our 4-month old, who is sooo big that other carriers quivered under his weight – haha. The Ergo is great. Skin to skin is fun all the time! Plus your husband will love the extra nice scenery to check out. Mine is like – Are u ever going to wear a shirt again?? lol. Boys…

  • http://GreenMommyBlog.com/ Kristen Suzanne

    That is awesome and hilarious! Thanks for sharing :)

  • healthy&homemade

    Woohoo you're gettin' there! =D

  • http://GreenMommyBlog.com/ Kristen Suzanne

    Every hour I'm like… is it going to happen now?

  • http://taterandkeela.blogspot.com Leslie

    As a mom of a 22 month old, I think you have made great and wise decisions on your baby-wearing purchases! Those are all the ones I'd go back to, especially the ERGO which we are still using. (Yours is gorgeous by the way!) Each will have their own time and purpose. I only wish I had researched earlier as you did! Good job and good luck with everything, you're going to be a great mama!

  • http://www.puremothers.com Pure Mothers

    I LOVE my Ergo! I used it a lot. We have a lot in common. I bought several to try to. I started with the New Native to keep my son reclined and close to me for the first 2 months. By the 3rd month his neck was a bit stronger and I used a Mei Tei too. By 3 months he was in my Maya Wrap ring sling. I loved the style but the fabric was itchy. So I got an Over The Shoulder Baby Holder! Recommended by La Leche League. The fabric was sooo soft and easy to use. Then at 6 months and up I was alternating with my Ergo until we were just full on Ergo until my son was 2. If we were living in Marin still and hiking he's still be in it. :-)

    By the way, I saw that you actually commented 1 year ago today on my World Breastfeeding Week post called “Bittersweet Breastfeeding Week!” You said you couldn't wait to BF. And now you are! :-)

  • http://GreenMommyBlog.com/ Kristen Suzanne

    Uh-oh… New Native? I don't have that one! Lol!

    Breastfeeding is AMAZING! I love it!

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